Phylogenetic Analysis of Mitogenomic Data Sets Resolves the Relationship of Seven Macropostrongyloides Species from Australian Macropodid and Vombatid Marsupials
Tanapan Sukee, Anson Koehler, Ross Hall, Ian Beveridge, Robin B Gasser, Abdul Jabbar
Pathogens | MDPI | Published : 2020
Nematodes of the genus Macropostrongyloides inhabit the large intestines or stomachs of macropodid (kangaroos and wallabies) and vombatid (wombats) marsupials. This study established the relationships of seven species of Macropostrongyloides using mitochondrial (mt) protein amino acid sequence data sets. Phylogenetic analyses revealed that species of Macropostrongyloides (M. lasiorhini, M. baylisi, M. yamagutii, M. spearei, M. mawsonae and M. woodi) from the large intestines of their hosts formed a monophyletic assemblage with strong nodal support to the exclusion of M. dissimilis from the stomach of the swamp wallaby. Furthermore, the mitochondrial protein-coding genes provided greater insi..View full abstract
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Funding was provided by the Australian Biological Resources Study grant numbers RF217-06 and CBG18-07. T.S. is a grateful recipient of the Australian Government Research Training Scholarship through the University of Melbourne. Further funding was provided by the University of Melbourne Research Initiatives Fund to A.V.K. and an Australian Research Council grant to A.V.K. and R.B.G. (LP160101299).